Would these really scare off crows?

2013-07-08 09.29.31Some of our local villages have latched onto the growing craze of scarecrow festivals, and tacked them onto their summer fetes, most of which take place in July, to coincide with the beginning of the summer holidays.

Now you might think these festivals form part of an ancient and revered tradition, with their origins buried deeply in some mystical and mystifying medieval historical landscape. Well, sorry to disappoint you. Their origins go back only 23 years, to the year 1990, when the first was celebrated in the village of Urchfont, on the Salisbury Plain.

Since then, they have sprouted all over the country, and just three miles from my own village, in the village of Spaldwick, these were some of the imaginative exhibits to be found:2013-07-08 09.31.132013-07-08 09.30.112013-07-08 09.27.322013-07-08 09.28.10Find a festival local to where you live, and go and be entertained. You will see some of the finest ephemeral art created by enthusiastic amateurs…………and all in the name of fun and, of course, winning the first prize in the competition!


About Frank Burns

Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on July 18, 2013, in Aspects of Britain and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. I saw this festival in Spaldwick for the first time last year. I had no idea it was on, and was fooled by some of the realistic “scarecrows” which at first glance looked like real people.
    You’ve reminded me that I need to get up to Spaldwick with my camera before they disappear.

  2. I think some of these imaginative displays would definitely scare small children, not necessarily birds.


  4. We saw our first scarecrow festival at Thirsk when we were in Yorkshire. Some very clever scarecrows.

  5. Brilliant. Sadly, I don’t think scarecrow festivals have made it as far as London yet

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